Middlebury

#2 Tom Maldonado
Graduation Year: 2008
Position: D
Height: 5-8
Weight: 180
Previous School: Taft (Conn.)
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Major: Psychology
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

Coming from New York City, I really had no idea what to expect of Vermont. My initial reaction was of awe and excitement. I had been so used to massive skyscrapers and bright flashing lights that I was taken back by the endless flow of green trees and the background of mountain ranges in the distance. It was something I definitely felt I could get used to for the next 4 years of my life.

What is the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

The people that I have surrounded myself with. It really is a treat to play hockey at Middlebury because you don’t just make friends with the students at the College. I have made many close friendships with many faculty and staff as well as many people from around the Middlebury town. Without these special bonds Middlebury really would not be the special place that is to so many of us.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

It is really hard to pick one memory as each season has brought many memorable events. When I leave Middlebury there won’t be one memory that best describes my time as a hockey player but rather a collection of moments throughout my four years here.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

I think that my sport has really taught me how to approach everyday life in general. Coach Beaney has shown me that being able to play a sport is a privilege that we have been granted and that you need to attack everything in life with the same passion as you would on any sports field.

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